Just my two Bob's worth here. Yes this discussion was started years ago, but I'm more thinking about future Warrior owners. I must admit that some of the info had me cringing, but we all live and learn. So I've gathered some info from previous posts and will add some more handy hints paint wise. Now I know not everyone can afford new powder coating and because of this you use the rattle paint can. Elsewhere I have mentioned the steps to using a rattle can and getting the best quality finish job. A previous author wrote that he had painted or repainted his rims. Now in a perfect world if your going to paint a rim yourself having the tyre removed from the rim is the best option. So seeing as this isn't the perfect World the tyre will stay on for this exercise. Firstly wash the rim with Sugar Soap ( do not use degreaser or any such solvent at this stage. Now we need to break the surface of the rim up a bit ( this is to allow your first coat of paint to grip to the metal ) using anything from 250 to 500 grit. Now you don't have to take it all back to bare metal. All we are doing is breaking up the existing surface. Use sugar soap to clean the surface after to clean away the dust. There is an important reason as to why you don't use a solvent at this stage. Depending on whether you use a gloss or matt paint you will need an etching paint. I could go into a long spewl on what etching paint does, but Google can give you that answer suffice to say that etching paint reacts with the previous coat/s of paint in other words it sticks like sheit to a blanket. Not metal etching paint has a primer built in. Now back to the perfect World 2 coats of etching will be enough. Once it has dried you can give it a light rub with some 1000 grit wet/dry paper. Once that is done you can use the same process as for rattle canning a fender. Important; don't do this stuff with the wheel still on the bike. Strip all you can off and tape up bearings and alike. So I hope this little bit helps. Oh and I nearly forgot as most people don't have a sealed shed with powerful heat lamps I don't suggest that you paint Saturday and ride Sunday. Paint might dry in 30 minutes, but cure time can be a week or more depending on climate. To get around this use a hair dryer not a heat gun to cure the paint quicker. I don't know about the US, but here in Oz you can get decent tins of engine paint ( naturally this paint can handle the heat and is a better product than normal rattle tin paint for wheel rims.